This afternoon I visited the first Amsterdam Makers session. The question if Amsterdam will be the Europe capital of the makers movement is not really answered, or even discussed, but the event offers a nice round up of the status of the makers movement.
It is not so important if Amsterdam is becoming the capital. Objectively more is happening in Eindhoven till now. Also is the makers culture in Amsterdam not new at all. Waag Society and Fablab are very active for quite some time. And there are happening very interesting things in Open Coop with DUS Architects, who were not represented in this event. It is good to see how the broadening trend is picked up and not only here a lot of vibe emerges. Signposts like the activities of Tim O’Reilly in the Makers Movement and the move of Chris Anderson from Wired to a new 3D company.
This afternoon it was interesting to see how Shapeways is developing. Already 5 years active in 3D printing on demand it is growing fast. The core of their offering is the management of the process more than the actual printing. Interesting to see.
Techshop, the other big player, ended the event. Techshop is not focused on 3D printing but on making DIY possible in producing goods (and DIY is a fundamental concept in makers movement as also Yuri van Geest showed). The positive use cases Mark Hatch showed did resemble the positive stories we heard in the iOS space a few years ago. Let’s see if they manage to open a branch here in Europe.
So good to have a new event to cover this trend and bringing it to a broader audience.
See further the collection of tweets below.